Headdress Ornament


Not on view

Head ornaments made of gold were an important category of personal adornments in Precolumbian America. They could be crowns or diadems or ornaments worn as part of a headdress made of organic materials, such as cloth or basketry. This ornament comes from the highlands of the southern department of Narino on the border with Ecuador. Metalworkers in this area used tumbaga sheet of high copper content to create striking nonfigurative forms of great visual appeal.

Headdress Ornament, Gold alloy, Piartal

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